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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Chiefly British To crash (an airplane, for example).
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To damage by colliding with (a car, for example).
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To bomb from the air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bombing raid.
  • n. An aeroplane crash.
  • n. An accident involving a motor vehicle, typically minor and without casualties.
  • n. Crack cocaine.
  • n. A type of tower or spire featured in some Buddhist temples of Thailand and Cambodia.
  • v. To crash an aeroplane.
  • v. To crash; to have an accident while controlling a vehicle.
  • v. To damage (the vehicle one is driving) in an accident; to have a minor collision with (another motor vehicle).

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  • v. crash
  • n. a crash involving a car or plane

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Later, at the police station in the village, the Spitfire pilot paid me a visit. He was with a squadron based at Catterick, and had taken his machine up to check the controls after the mechanics had made a few adjustments. He had not the slightest intention of getting into a scrap that day, he told me, but there we were, Wolfgang and I, suddenly in his gunsights over Haworth. What else could he do?
    'Hell of a prang. Bad luck, old chap.' he said. 'Damned sorry about your friend.'"
    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley, pp 216-217

    May 9, 2010

  • Quite unrelated, also the name of "the Reverend Paul Peter Prang, of Persepolis, Indiana, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church ... His weekly radio address, at 2 P.M. every Saturday, was to millions the very oracle of God. So supernatural was this voice from the air that for it men delayed their golf, and women even postponed their Saturday afternoon contract bridge." -- It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis

    January 19, 2008

  • Haha! I remember that, skipvia! "Bunch of monkeys on the ceiling, sir! Grab your egg-and-fours and let's get the bacon delivered!" Thanks for finding the reference.

    October 28, 2007

  • Wikipedia has a few relevant articles, but I've primarily heard it as a phatic interjection.

    October 27, 2007

  • Banter's not the same when you say it slower, Squiffy.

    October 27, 2007

  • What-ho, Squiffy!

    October 27, 2007

  • Ha! Oh, that's lovely!

    October 27, 2007

  • "Something up with my banter, chaps?"

    It's from a Monty Python sketch, and you probably shouldn't be surprised that you didn't understand it--none of the characters in the sketch understood it either. Rather than trying to explain any more, I'll let you read it yourself.

    October 27, 2007

  • And confused, I have no idea what that means.

    October 27, 2007

  • .... wow .... *impressed*

    October 27, 2007

  • Also as in "Bally Jerry pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father. Hairy blighter dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie."

    October 27, 2007

  • As a verb or noun, this word means to crash (into). E.g. "I was turning right on 5th when some asshat pranged me".

    October 27, 2007

  • October 27, 2007